Catbacker Commentary: Jayhawk-free Travel Guide to StL Seth March 18, 2014 Catbacker Commentary, Features There are going to be a lot of Jayhawks in St. Louis this weekend. Since they don’t read this blog you’ll be able to avoid them by following my Jayhawk-free Travel Guide. As someone that lives 2 hours from St. Louis, I spend a fair amount of time in the downtown/stadium area. Don’t get me wrong, I love Kansas City but the ‘Lou has it beat in terms of awesome dining/drinking/entertainment establishments. Here’s my travel tips for the Gateway to the West. Breakfast Rooster 1104 Locust St. That’s right Rickey Bobby, a crepe restaurant. Tiny pancakes. They also do sandwiches for lunch. It’s part of the Baileys Family of restaurants. It’s about a half mile walk north and east of the Scottrade Center. The bacon, blue cheese, mushroom crepe is fantastic. They have four awesome local brews on tap, including the Rooster Breakfast Beer brewed by 4 Hands brewery. (C’mon, you knew I’d find a way to talk about beer.) Lunch Culinaria – A Schnucks Market 315 North 9th Street Okay, so you spent too much money on crepes at breakfast. That’s not surprising. They’re amazing. You still don’t want to eat at a chain fast-food joint. The Culinaria is a good option. It’s a Schnucks grocery store with great deli options, Chinese, etc. It even has ample seating upstairs. It’s also about a 15 minute walk from the arena. Bailey’s Range 920 Olive Street Another lunch or dinner option. Bailey’s Range specializes in gorumet burgers and homemade shakes. Twenty burgers on the menu, with 2 locked in a burger battle. The most-frequently ordered one “survives and advances”. There are delicious fries with a variety of house-made dipping sauces. There are 30 local taps with the option for a 16oz or 9oz pour. Top it all off with the homemade ice cream. This is another short walk east. Entertainment Flamingo Bowl 1117 Washington Ave. You’ll have some free time between the afternoon and evening sessions. The Arch is an option, if you’ve never done it. Washington Avenue is a happening place, including a downtown bowling alley. Flamingo Bowl has 8 lanes, pizza, sandwiches, apps and beer. Dinner Schlafly Tap Room 2100 Locust This is your longest walk from the Scottrade Center and the only one that takes you west. Great pub food and several Schlafly options that they don’t bottle. Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar 1004 Locust Yes, it’s fancy and it is another of the Baileys Family of restaurants. They mostly serve small plates with charcuterie and cheeses as the main features. However, you can get sandwiches and other plates. It’s got 200+ beers with 55 on tap. What I love about their taps is that they offer 3 varietys of pours (4oz, 12oz or 20oz). They even do growler fills, but they’re very pricey. Postgame fun Alpha Brewing Company 1409 Washington Ave. Your shortest walk about six blocks north on 14th Street. The entrance is around back. It is a brewery not a brewpub but you can bring your own food in. They have a dozen or so beers on tap. One of the bartenders is a K-State fan so wear your purple in there with pride. These stops should be devoid of Jayhawks, too. Most of them will be down by the river at Laclede’s Landing, a bar district/tourist trap if there ever was one. Go Cats! Beat Kentucky and beat the Shockers!